bees, honey and other sticky subjects

Saturday, July 03, 2004

The world's oldest man was a beekeeper for 90 years

Unless something horrible has happened recently, the world's oldest man is a former beekeeper. According to the Guinness World Records, Fred Hale Sr was born on 1 December 1890 and became the oldest man in the world on 5 March 2004, at the age of 113 years 95 days.

A resident of Syracruse, New York, he has lived through 21 US Presidents. He gave up driving when he was 104, and seems to have given up beekeeping at the age of 107. Fred eats at least a teaspoon each of honey and pollen every day — washed down with the occasional breakfast nip of whisky! I do hope it's the whisky that has caused his longevity.


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